Go along to Blists Hill Victorian Town during the February school half-term holidays from 13th to 21st February and take part in a variety of fun, drop-in activities including printing a hand-made Valentine’s card, candle dipping, making miniature roof tiles and find out more about the history of sweets.
The Valentine’s industry boomed during Victorian times when more and more people sent love notes, poems and cards to their sweet heart as paper and printing became cheaper and 1840 saw the establishment of the Penny Post. Over the weekend of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February you can typeset and print a Valentine’s card for someone you love using Victorian techniques in the Town’s Goods Shed. Every day over the holidays you’ll also be able to discover more about the history of sweets and get up close to some unusual objects from the Victorian sweet industry.
In addition, from Monday 15th until Friday 19th there will be sessions making miniature roof tiles from air-drying clay. Each tile will be personally decorated using alphabet stamps and hand prints.
A variety of other activities will also be on offer throughout the half-term holiday. Choose from making striped candles by dipping into brightly coloured liquid wax; building a wall with mini-bricks using different ‘brick bonds’ to discover which is the strongest and colouring-in pictures of Victorian scenes. All drop-in sessions take place from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm with activities varying day-to-day; candles and roof tiles also carry a small extra charge in addition to the museum entrance fee.